Big Ten changes course, aims for October start to football

Big Ten changes course, aims for October start to football

INDIANA (WFIE) - Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all.

Less than five weeks after the conference announced it would push football and other fall sports to spring because of the pandemic, the conference changed course.

The Big Ten plans to begin its season the weekend of Oct. 24 with an eight-game schedule for each team.

The Big Ten says its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to restart sports.

The new plan doesn’t come without its restrictions. Athletes and coaches will be tested daily for COVID-19 and enhanced cardiac screening will take place.

Teams will play 8 regular-season games with the Big Ten Championship scheduled for December 19.

That date does make the Big Ten eligible for the College Football Playoff, as the final rankings announcement is set for December 20.

Fans will not be allowed to attend games this season. The conference is slated to make an announcement regarding other fall and winter sports soon.

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